CUHK aims to provide students with a conducive learning environment to facilitate their all-round personal growth. The University offers a comprehensive range of facilities and services to students and the main ones are listed below.
University Library System
The University Library System is home to one of the strongest and most comprehensive collections in Hong Kong. In addition to Special Collections and self-developed databases on different subjects, CUHK students enjoy access to over 2.6 million print volumes, 4 million online books, more than 140,000 journal subscriptions and 843 electronic database titles.
Offering over 4,000 seats for study and research, the University Library System includes the University Library and six branch libraries - the Elizabeth Luce Moore Library, the Ch'ien Mu Library, the Wu Chung Multimedia Library, the Li Ping Medical Library, the Architecture Library and the Lee Quo Wei Law Library.
Computer and Network Facilities
The learning experience of students at CUHK is made more convenient and enjoyable by state-of-the-art computer facilities and a wide range of services by the Information Technology Services Centre. The entire campus, including classrooms, student hostels, teaching blocks, academic and administrative buildings, is connected to the University Campus Backbone Network via high-speed 10 Gigabit or Gigabit Ethernet links. Students can enjoy the Wi-Fi service in libraries, classrooms, student canteens, student hostels and most of the public open areas at CUHK and connect to the campus network through commercial broadband service providers using a virtual private network (VPN) connection when they are off campus. CUHK operates the Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX), the hub for internet traffic between Hong Kong and overseas.
Hostel Accommodation and Colleges
CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong with a collegiate system. In addition to its four constituent Colleges (namely, Chung Chi, New Asia, United and Shaw), five new Colleges - Morningside College, S.H. Ho, C.W. Chu, Wu Yee Sun and Lee Woo Sing College - have been established recently to further strengthen our unique college system and cater for the growth in student population. Jointly with six postgraduate halls, the University offer over 9,500 hostel places to students.
All full-time undergraduates at CUHK are affiliated with one of the Colleges. Each College is distinctive, but together they shape the character of the University.
Colleges are congenial communities with their own hostels, dining halls and other facilities. They are where students receive pastoral care and whole-person education. Colleges also offer students a wide variety of activities to choose from in order to enrich their college lives including overseas exchanges, seminars, mentorship and community service programmes, as well as training in languages, IT and leadership skills. Extracurricular activities are also organised by the college student unions and clubs and societies affiliated with individual colleges.
The University Health Service provides on-campus medical, dental and health promotion services to full-time students. The health clinic is equipped with a minor operating theatre, dispensary, medical laboratory and a physiotherapy unit to provide primary medical and dental care services at nominal charges.
Leisure complements study, and adds another dimension to education at CUHK. To promote student interest in physical activities, the University provides a variety of sports facilities, including two sports fields, five gymnasia, a 50-metre swimming pool, twelve tennis courts, six squash courts, ten fitness rooms and a Water Sports Centre.
Student Activities and Services
The Office of Student Affairs coordinates university-wide student activities, liaises with the student unions and their affiliated societies, and provides assistance and advice for student functions. The Office also offers a wide range of services, including Career Planning and Development, Student Counselling and Development, as well as Internship and Leadership Programmes, such as the Global Internship Programme with internship and training in Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and major cities in China, and the Management Leadership Training Programme for the New Century with leadership training and extensive cultural exchange with mainland students.
Overseas experience enables students to appreciate the different cultures and learning styles, hone language skills and grow as confident individuals. The University has over 260 student exchange partners in 34 countries and regions. During the academic year 2016-17, over 1,000 CUHK students participated in student exchange programmes for one term, one academic year or during the summer. Furthermore, many CUHK students took part in short-term experiential learning activities outside Hong Kong arranged by the Colleges and academic departments throughout the academic year.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Thanks to the generous donations from numerous donors, the University offers a number of scholarships, prizes, and academic awards to give due recognition to students of the University who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding performance in other areas; as well as different types of bursaries and loans to help eligible students who are in genuine needs.
In 2015-16 academic year, over 8,800 individual scholarships and prizes were awarded through the University and its constituent colleges, to students in various disciplines of study, with the total combined value amounting to around HK$174 million.